Pole/Street Banners: Using the Right Fabric

Posted by Dan Dix on June 5, 2016

BayPath_Banner.jpgWhen it comes to pole banners – those colorful signs you see outside of businesses – there’s a lot more than meets the eye.

The type of fabric and ink used are obviously a huge factor in terms of the construction of a durable and reliable pole banner. But for the purposes of this blog, we’re going to focus on the types of material used in pole banners.

For starters, we need to consider that the most durable media for street/pole banners is based on the strength of the material. Typically, an 18 oz. PVC laminated specialty fabric is used in the production of these types of banner signs. So let’s break down what that means:

  • The ounce refers to the weight of a square yard of that material
  • The ounce actually has no reference to the strength of the fabric
  • The thread count also has nothing to do with the strength
  • The denier count also has nothing to do with the strength

So what is the best indicator for your street or pole sign’s strength? Why should you even care? First of all, the strength of your banner fabric is measured by its Tear and Tensile qualities. Ideally, you want this to be as high a number as you can get – or over 110 lbs. – when it comes to tear measurement. Remember, this number should reflect the warp and fill directions; this will help your fabric stay strong in the wind and rain.

Your manufacturer should be able to provide you with information regarding these measurements.

Herculite Inc.’s Bantex 18oz banner material is an example of a 112/113 tear strength product with an outdoor life of 18 months.

In fact, the Bantex 18 oz. product can be printed on both sides, offers superior strength, is ideal for demanding outdoor graphic fabric applications and is great for pole banners, over-the-street banners and stadium decorations. Bantex also offers a very low cold crack, excellent resistance to wind whip, and exceptional long life when fabricated according to the Bantex Banner Fabrication process. Here’s a quick rundown of Bantex’s qualities:

  • Available in 37.5”, 54”, 75” and 80” widths 
  • Roll size: 50 yards, other lengths available 
  • Two-sided; 100% opaque
  • Flame retardant 
  • Matte finish 
  • Super strong reinforcement 

Now that you know a little more about pole and street sign banner fabric, let us know if there’s anything else we can help you with.

For more information about Herculite’s specialty fabrics visit us at http://www.herculite.com. Or feel free to call us if you would like more information about our products and services at 800-772-0036.

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Topics: Banner Fabrics, Street Banners, Outdoor Banner